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23 Aug 2023

The Music Commission of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Oud House, led by the Maestro Naseer Shamma, inaugurated Monday the Oud House in Riyadh, one of the Arab Oud House’s branches in different parts of the world. Naseer Shamma is TAKREEM’s cultural excellence laureate of 2022. Iraqi native and esteemed musician, Naseer Shamma, is an icon of the Arabic oud. From the mid to late 80’s, Shamma began exporting his musical culture to Europe with memorable performances such as that in Paris, Germany, Switzerland, London, and more where he was a leading maestro and eventually became the Oud master. The institution teaches techniques for playing oud and other musical instruments, such as flute, bezek, cello and violin, among others. It helps spread Arabic culture and awareness about the importance of the oud, and builds a global community of professional oud players. The Arab Oud House’s curriculum entails studying various musical-playing techniques, equipping students to understand musical compositions, different music schools and musical symbols. After a period of training and rehearsals, students may participate in concerts. The establishment of Riyadh Oud House is part of the Music Commission’s efforts to attract regional and international musical cadres and establish curricula of international standards. The goal is to boost the music industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, develop it, and train and empower local talent.

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